The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Monday, March 27

The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Monday, March 27


On Wednesday, March 22, the Tallahassee City Commission voted 3-2 to approve the collective bargaining agreement with the Big Bend Chapter of the Florida Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (PBA). Mayor John Dailey, City Commissioner Curtis Richardson and City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox voted for approval, while Commissioner Jeremy Matlow and Commissioner Jack Porter voted against ratifying the agreement.

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The latest reports show that Leon County lost 178 jobs in January. There were 156,218 people working in Leon County in January compared to last month’s revised employment number of 156,396.

The latest information from the Tallahassee International Airport shows that January 2023 passenger traffic increased 11.9% when compared to traffic one year ago. The number of passengers was up 6,542 from the 54,889 reported during January 2022 to 61,431 in January 2023.

After citizens noted concerns about a local pharmacists’ “disturbing behavior,” William Head III was arrested and is now facing 11 felony charges after deputies discover 25 guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, bulletproof vests, and explosives in his car. Deputies on the scene spotted long guns in plain view in the car and arrested Head for violating a domestic violence injunction that forbids him from possessing the guns.

Leon County deputies are working a missing persons investigation in eastern Leon County. LCSO had the intersection of Capitola Road and Benjamin Charles Road closed off and no foul play is expected. 


The Florida House officially passed a permitless concealed carry bill on Friday. The chamber voted 76-32 in favor of the bill on a largely party-line vote. Rep. Vicki Lopez, a Miami Republican, broke with her party and voted against the bill. Eleven lawmakers did not vote. The Senate companion bill is set to be heard on the Senate floor. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is defending a set of companion bills that will make it easier to sue media outlets for alleged defamation. “I think what the bill is doing now is basically saying that if somebody is defamed … that if they’re using anonymous sources, then that can be a presumption that that was done with malice. Because if not, then there’s no way you could ever have a defamation action,” DeSantis said. DeSantis said that the issue particularly in view is corporate media outlets using anonymous sources to intentionally smear. 


Florida State baseball had a rough weekend getting swept on the road against No. 8 Virginia. Virginia ran out to a 9-0 lead after scoring eight times in the bottom of the third inning of Sunday’s game, and the final ended up being 15-4, Cavaliers. Florida State will play No. 3 Florida in Jacksonville Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. 


7 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Daily Briefs: Monday, March 27"

  1. Goad and Daley need to get these knowledgeable insiders silenced. Same old same old. We still have a city manager engineered by Maddox, still loyal and will always protect that crowd to whom he owes his position. National search for a real professional without these good old boy links to the insiders

  2. The defamation lawsuit stuff is completely terrible, totally against constitutional rights. Public needs more accountability, more sources, not more powerful people filing lawsuits against critics

  3. PBA deal was rushed and highly suspect, especially combined with firing longtime department director who raised concerns about Revell and Goad playing favorites.

    Last year the police Union spent big, $50k in tax-funded union dues to a Maddox-affiliated political committee attacking Matlow. No doubt they’ll get aggressive against Porter for her efforts to reform status quo. Probably will waste even more this time, funded by this taxpayer pension hike.

  4. Anonymous sources are crucial to getting a lot of news items into public view. I shudder to think how much would be hidden without them. But it does appear that we need a better balance between protecting a legitimate source and protecting an agenda.

  5. To many times lately the Media has been using what THEY call are an “Anonymous Source” which tells me it is just something they made up and claim it was an anonymous source that gave it to them.

    You need to also create a Law that says you MUST Have Written Consent to post Photo’s or Videos of the Person you are taking Photos or Videos of.

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